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Frequently Asked Questions2020-03-25T23:50:07-06:00
How much do lessons cost?2020-03-25T22:56:30-06:00

The cost for music lessons varies per teacher, lesson type, and skill level. Teachers at MACSA have a monthly rate starting at $124. These rates are for private lessons once a week, based on forty-six lessons per year. Lesson times can be 30, 45, 60 minutes or longer each week.

What is a good age to start lessons?2020-03-25T22:42:49-06:00

MACSA has music teachers that begin teaching music lessons for kids as young as 26 months, specifically for children’s piano lessons. Our teachers are experienced in working with students of all ages. Students who want to start before they are 5 have several options including preschool piano lessons, vocal lessons for readiness, and violin lessons for kids. Any age over 26 months is a good age to add music to your life.

Can adults take music lessons?2020-03-25T22:49:27-06:00

Absolutely! Our teachers are experienced with students of all ages. We have more than 100 adult students who take lessons for a variety of reasons. Some parents choose to take lessons alongside their children. Some of our adult students took lessons as kids or played in their middle school orchestra, but many have never played an instrument before. It’s never too late to start!
We offer weekly music lessons for adults as well as coaching lessons. Depending on your goals, regular weekly music lessons are the most popular option but coaching lessons are another more economical option. Contact MACSA, share your goals, and we can recommend which approach is best to help you reach your goals.

How do I choose the teaching method that is best for my child?2020-03-25T22:57:40-06:00

Don’t worry, you don’t need to be an expert in music education to get the most out of your lessons! In your initial consultation with us, we will discuss the benefits of each available method and decide what will work best for your family.  The first teacher is the most important teacher. They must be able to bond with and inspire their students as well as be excellent sharing their knowledge of music. MACSA is committed to matching the best teacher with you or your child. Most teacher Meet and Greets are free and you make the final decision on the best teacher match.

Should I plan on participating in the lessons?2020-03-25T22:59:43-06:00

In our experience, we have found that parental involvement is key to student success regardless of the teaching method. We encourage parents to sit in the lessons though many do not. Keep in mind that it is our policy that students 13 and under are not to be left unattended.

How long are music lessons?2020-03-25T23:01:12-06:00

Beginning students of all ages can enroll in 30 or 45-minute lessons. As students progress, the length of their lesson may need to be increased with consultation with their teacher. When a student progresses and is no longer considered a beginner, lessons time is normally 60 minutes. Generally, more advanced students need longer lessons that can last for 90-120 minutes.

What should be taught in a piano lesson?2020-03-25T23:02:36-06:00

This question is often asked by prospective students, and the answer varies for each individual. Our teachers make it a priority to get to know you on a personal level and to become familiar with your personal musical needs and goals. From students studying serious classical music, people who want to be accomplished pop and jazz players, to professional musicians that want to fine-tune their craft, the teachers at MACSA cater to everyone. They work with you to make a plan that fits your needs and musical preferences. In the first lesson, your teacher will do their best to get to know you. If you can, prior to your first music lesson, think of your favorite types of music and set goals to accomplish whatever musical aspirations you have for yourself or your child. Then share these with your teacher and you are on your way to success!

What styles of music are taught in a music lesson?2020-03-25T23:06:04-06:00

We have over 39 highly dedicated, experienced, and qualified teachers that are accomplished in classical, jazz, folk, rock, country, blues, gospel, religious and various cultural music, as well as composition and improvisation.

What qualifications should a music teacher have?2020-03-25T23:08:20-06:00

At MACSA, all of our 39 teachers at least have a Bachelor’s Degree in performance or music. 25 of our teachers have a Master’s Degree in Music and 5 have a Doctorate of Musical Arts.  This is not the case for all private music schools and this is something that sets MACSA aparts from other institutions where you can receive music lessons. 

  • Averett University
  • Baylor University
  • California State University-Long Beach
  • Catholic University of America, Washington DC
  • Cedarville University
  • College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati
  • Conservatorio del Estado de Puebla, Mexico
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Eastman School of Music
  • Florida State University
  • Grove City College
  • Hong Kong Baptist College
  • Indiana University
  • Missouri State University
  • National Conservatory of Music, Bulgaria
  • Our teacher have studied at the following schools: 
  • Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University
  • Showa Conservatory of Music in Tokyo
  • Southwestern University
  • St. Mary’s University
  • Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi
  • Texas State University
  • The Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico
  • Trinity University
  • University of Colorado at Boulder
  • University of Houston
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Maine
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore
  • University of Missouri at Columbia
  • University of Montemorelos
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of North Texas
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Texas at San Antonio
  • University of the Incarnate Word
What ages are appropriate for music lessons?2020-03-25T23:12:54-06:00

We teach both adults and children from ages 26 months and up. We teach all levels from beginning to advanced. Our teachers are highly qualified to support all levels of players and make the lessons meaningful, rich, and interesting for all ages.

How should parents be kept informed about their child’s music lessons?2020-03-25T23:14:09-06:00

In the case of a younger student, the parents are involved in the process of determining the path for the student. Our priority is to have clear and regular communication with parents, keeping them up to date on the student’s direction and progress.

What is a good time for music lessons?2020-03-25T23:15:03-06:00

We seem to always be able to offer a time that makes our students happy. We are open 7 days a week from 7:30 AM to 10 PM for lessons, so you can select a time that fits your schedule comfortably.

What are your music lesson cancellation policies?2020-03-25T23:18:53-06:00

If you cancel your lesson giving us at least a 24 hour advance notice, you are entitled to a make up lesson on a different day from your regular lesson or by adding on extra time to a regular lesson. We know things happen that we have little control over, so we do allow for 2 make up lessons per year. Lessons canceled with less than 24 hour notice are not eligible to receive a makeup lesson, although (exceptions in cases of emergencies may be made). Your teacher will have discretion over the time of the makeup lesson. Our teachers are highly qualified and dedicated to you or your child, so we ask if you would please consider and value their time when you are planning to miss a lesson. In the event that a student of a no call/no show the lesson is not eligible for a makeup lesson or a refund.  In the rare event of a teacher canceling, the music lesson will be rescheduled.

How are music lessons paid for?2020-03-25T23:19:39-06:00

We accept cash, checks, credit cards for monthly payments.  For your convenience, we also offer automatic payments with credit cards and ACH bank drafts.

Are music lessons paid for monthly?2020-03-25T23:21:10-06:00

Yes, weekly lessons are paid for on a month to month basis at MACSA. 

No student is under any kind of contract. In the event that music lessons need to be canceled, we require a written notice of 2 regularly scheduled lessons. 

We also offer coaching lessons. Coaching lessons are great if you are preparing for a big audition or performance or are looking for a more economical option for music lessons. MACSA can help you feel more confident and take your performance to the next level.  We can help students prepare for All-State contests, Solo and Ensemble contests, college auditions, or special performances.

What if there are 5 weeks in a month, am I charged extra?2020-03-25T23:21:58-06:00

No. Tuition is not based on any certain number of lessons per month, rather it is based on 46 lessons per year. Holidays and summer breaks have been taken into account in this calendar; therefore, tuition will not change from month to month.

Does MACSA offer coaching lessons?2020-03-25T23:22:56-06:00

Yes, MACSA does offer coaching lessons in addition to regular weekly music lessons. So if you are preparing for a big audition or performance, MACSA can help you feel more confident and take your performance to the next level.  We can help students prepare for All-State contests, Solo and Ensemble contests, college auditions, or special performances where you need a little extra help to do your best. If you have an audition or performance coming up, it is best to reach out as soon as possible! This is also a great option for adults. Coaching lessons are also a more economical option

How do I get started with piano lessons?2020-03-25T23:24:42-06:00

We’d love to have you in for a lesson. Please give us a call (210) 697-7111 or fill out this lessons form online. Click here.

What To Wear For Your Singing Lessons2020-03-25T23:25:28-06:00

Comfortable clothing is fine for music lessons.

How To Prepare For Your Voice Lesson?2020-03-25T23:27:00-06:00
  • Teachers will provide specific instructions on do’s and don’ts for your lessons. 
  • Teachers will also provide warm-up exercises that should do prior to lessons.
What should I bring to my music lesson?2020-03-25T23:27:41-06:00
  • Pen/pencil
  • Notebook 
  • Your Music 
  • Bottle of water (Optional, but especially for voice lessons)
How Often Should I Have Lessons?2020-03-25T23:28:22-06:00

The real problem in learning to play a new instrument or how to sing is the information attrition rate. You lose your new skills very quickly once you stop practicing. The best recommendation is to take one lesson each week.

My question about music lessons is not listed here. Where can I go for answers?2020-03-25T23:29:18-06:00

If our site doesn’t answer all your questions, please call us directly at (210) 697-7111 or email us on our Contact Page. We’d love to talk to you and help you in any way we can. In case it’s helpful to know, our site has lots of information about our types of music lessons offered, teachers’ information, and a blog.

Do I need to own my own instrument?2020-03-25T23:30:15-06:00

No, you can also rent your instrument. In order to practice, having access to your own instrument is important. We have partnerships with local vendors who offer rental programs and rent-to-own programs.

Do I have to have my own piano?2020-03-25T23:31:23-06:00

No.  There are several piano vendors around town who offer rental and rent-to-own programs for those who are taking piano lessons. Some Teachers accept piano students who own a keyboard, but having your own piano is ideal.  MACSA can refer you to local vendors that have rental programs. However, you are free to choose any vendor you like.

Where can I find the instrument for my student’s lessons?2020-03-25T23:32:16-06:00

MACSA is proud to have relationships with local musical instrument vendors in the San Antonio area.  We can refer you to one or our partners, but you are free to purchase or rent from any vendor of your choice.

What can I expect in my first lesson?2020-03-25T23:32:54-06:00

MACSA has a proven placement process that pairs you up with a teacher that would best help you reach your musical goals.  Because each student is different and each teacher is different the first lesson will also vary. Generally, there is a little bit of familiarization between the student and teacher to get to know each other, the students’ level of musical ability, and how the teacher runs music lessons.

When do you pay for a music lesson?2020-03-25T23:33:31-06:00

Tuition is due on the first day of the month. For new students, the cost of the first months lessons are prorated and are due on or before the date of the first lesson.

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